Local officials were breathing a sigh of relief today following a day that kept them on the edge of their seats waiting for the weather to get bad and cause damage as the remnants of Hurricane Irma blew through Polk County.
Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey said only minor issues were caused in the county from the storm that brought heavy rains and winds as then Tropical Storm Irma came from southern Georgia during most of the day.
Light bands of rain still fell this morning, but otherwise it went better than Lacey had expected.
"Not much happened, we had a couple of transformers that blew out and a power line that burned a tree," Lacey said. "That's about it."
Some localized flooding from heavy rainfall did cause a rise in Cedar and Euharlee creeks, but otherwise the overall impact to local residents has thus far been reported by officials to be minimal.
Polk County Water Authority general manager Jack Damron said the storm caused no issues with local water systems as well, which was also a concern due to the increased amount of rain heading into storm drains and sewer systems.
They were expecting much worse from the storm. Schools were closed Monday and today, government offices shut down for a day, and meetings were postponed ahead of the arrival of wet and windy weather.
Some meetings have already been rescheduled, and proved to be the only major impact the area suffered. The City of Cedartown will hold their postponed September regular session on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at city hall. Aragon moved their work session on health care costs to Sept. 19, and the school board is still considering when they will gather for their regular September session as well.
Polk County Commissioners will hold a work session this evening starting at 5:15 p.m., with their monthly voting session to follow at 7 p.m. The City of Rockmart is still on schedule to hold their council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall as well.
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